Projects on the Lafayette River

The pocket wetland at 47th and Colley Avenue was restored in 2010.  The photo shows the grasses at the end of the first growing season.  Goose protection stakes are still in place.  Behind the wetland is Immanuel Presbyterian church, a partner in the project along with the Highland Park Civic League.

Caring for Creation”, Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, Talbot Hall Wetland Restoration

There are many different motivations for doing a wetland restoration.  In this case, the “Caring for Creation” group of the Episcopal Diocese felt a spiritual calling.  It worked with the Partnership in restoring grasses to 1000 square feet of sand beach along the Lafayette River on property owned by the church at Talbot Hall.

The ethic of the Partnership is to mentor.  Once it completes a project with one group, it expects those individuals to help others.  In this case, Jim Hazel, Chair of the Wetlands Committee of the Highland Park Civic League, steadies a goose protection stake as a volunteer from the U.S. Navy pounds it in place.

51st Street and Killam Avenue Wetland Restoration

This child’s face tells it all – a wetland restoration if for the entire family, and everyone finds what they like to do during the work day.  In this case, curiosity turned up the fact that oysters were growing in the mud of Colley Bay, a promising sign.  The photo was taken during the restoration of 1,500 square feet of wetland by the Highland Park Civic League at the intersection of 51st Street and Killam Avenue (Colley Bay).

The process of restoration involves three steps: installation of a biolog (coconut fiber log) to retain sand that will become the planting soil for new wetland grasses.  This photos was taken during the restoration at 51st and Killam Avenue.

John Stewart hauls a wheelbarrow load of sand into the wetland at 51st and Killam Avenue.  The sand provides a growing medium for new grasses.  Its depth raises the elevation of the wetland out of respect for anticipated sea level rise.

47th Street and Colley Avenue Wetland Restoration